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April 30, 2012

Management associate professor Bourne leaving to embark on new adventure

Kristina BourneDr. Kristina Bourne, associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing, will be leaving UW-Eau Claire at the end of the spring semester to embark on a new family adventure in Duluth, MN. 

Bourne, her husband Tim Valentine and their young son and infant daughter are building a timber-frame home overlooking Lake Superior. The move will bring Bourne back to a community she came to love as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The move also is an opportunity for Bourne, whose research focuses on family-work balance, to gain some balance herself. She explains:

“We are looking forward to the area’s hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities. In the short term, I will be focusing my time and energy on moving our household, overseeing the building process, and helping our two children transition. Professionally, I am exploring teaching opportunities, and like all academics, I have a book that I would like to write based on my research on work-life (im)balance.”

Bourne grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and lived in Minnesota, Massachusetts, France, Germany, and Sweden prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire in fall 2005.

While at UW-Eau Claire, Bourne completed her PhD from the University of Massachusetts in December 2005. She taught organization behavior and international management, and developed and taught a one-credit seminar course in gender and leadership. An active researcher, Bourne published at least 15 journal articles and book summaries, and made at least 19 professional presentations. She has mentored numerous student-faculty collaborative research projects, and has been an active contributor to the UW-Eau Claire Women’s Studies program. 

“Kristina has been an outstanding faculty member and colleague from day one,” said Dr. Tim Vaughan, chair of the UW-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing. “She is widely regarded as one of the best teachers in the college, bringing a variety of interesting activities into the classroom. We hate to see her go, but wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.”

When Bourne thinks back to her time at UW-Eau Claire, she will always remember the people—her students and colleagues.

“The students I’ve had in class take their education seriously, yet have a great sense of humor,” said Bourne. “As for my colleagues, I couldn’t have asked for more supportive and kind friends. Thank you to everyone who made my experience at UW-Eau Claire so rewarding.”

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